Word has it that American Idol is looking to recast the judges panel with one of their greatest successes past: Adam Lambert! According to an E! News report, Fox network executives are courting the season eight contestant with hopes that he will fill the not likely to return Jennifer Lopez‘s seat. From the sounds of it, the talent seeking show is looking to reboot for its 12th season, and bringing back a glittery old flame like Lambert to judge should help to do just that. As an alum — and a particularly successful one at that — he is well situated to guide and inspire contestants. And he’s already proven a hit amongst Idol watchers, so he could be just the hit of change the show needs ahead of its teenage years.
Lopez has made it known that she doesn’t plan to return, and the status of Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler also seems to be up in the air. Tyler, we know, is busy on tour and promoting Aerosmith‘s new album. And as for Jackson, he has anchored the panel since season one and, according to E!‘s source, there is concern that he may be too “old Idol” for the evolving show. “They want to keep the soul of the show but have a new look,” says E!‘s source. “For that reason he may well not be part of the new line up.”
Will Lambert be the change Idol needs? Let us know what you think!